Dear readers, I earnestly request your prayers for the repose of the soul of a great priest, extremely important to his flock in Japan, Fr. Augustin Toship Ikeda.
I met Fr. Ikeda during my last trip to Tokyo, in January.
My friend, and a coordinator of Una Voce Japan, Augustin Shinsuke Yoshikawa, sent me this notice:
Our beloved priest, Fr. Augustin Toshio Ikeda, Paulist priest, chaplin of our Latin Mass Community in Japan, passed away yesterday, on 31st March.
Thank you all for your earnest prayers for his recovery.
He guided us from 2012 and was lux mundi for us among priests in Japan who are hostile or indifferent to Traditional Latin Mass.
I was honored to serve him as acolyte and his presence always made me aware that God is merciful.
Funeral will be held in Wakaba house, Tokyo on 3rd April.
While I was in Tokyo, I learned how important Fr. Ikeda was to the Japanese Catholic community and, in particular, for the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass. These good people have endured a great blow. In solidarity, help them with prayers.
Pray for Fr. Ikeda.